Norway is a small but very special sporting country. Competitive sports attract enormous attention. Norwegian athletes have won international championship medals.

In the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, cross-country skiers Vegard Ulvang and Bjørn Dæhlie printed their names indelibly in Norwegian sports history, bringing home three gold medals each. With a total of nine gold, six silver and five bronze medals, Norway came third in the national rankings at Albertville. Norway has not made a similar international name for itself in summer sports, but Norwegians have won Olympic medals in a number of typical minor sports.

In the 1992 Barcelona Games, Norway won gold medals in wrestling and sailing, silver medals in rowing, canoeing, women’s handball and shooting, and a bronze medal in canoeing. In terms of medals won as a proportion of population, Norway was the fourth best nation.